2020 VOTER GUIDE: New Polling Places; Contested Races & Ballot Questions

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The vote to decide the winner of the 2020 Presidential Election will be Nov. 3, but there are a number of other races in which Watertown residents can cast their vote, as well as up to four ballot questions. Also, three precincts will not be in their normal location.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Watertown. The Presidential race tops the ballot, but there are also races for U.S. Senate and Congress along with the ballot questions.

Polling Locations

Voters in three of Watertown’s 12 precincts will be voting in a different location than most prior elections, due to construction at two of the town’s elementary schools. Precinct 2 moved from Hosmer School to the Hellenic Cultural Center, 25 Bigelow Ave., and Precincts 11 and 12 moved from Cunniff School to Watertown Middle School, 68 Waverley Ave.

A map of Watertown’s Districts: Peach is A, Red is B, Lime Green is C, Green is D.

To check what precinct you are in, and who is on your ballot, enter your address on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website (click here).

2020 Presidential Election Precinct Locations in Watertown

1Hellenic Cultural Center25 Bigelow Ave.
2Hellenic Cultural Center25 Bigelow Ave.
3Hellenic Cultural Center25 Bigelow Ave.
4Phillips School30 Common St.
5Phillips School30 Common St.
6Hibernian Hall151 Watertown St.
7Lowell School175 Orchard St.
8Watertown Middle School68 Waverley Ave.
9Watertown Middle School68 Waverley Ave.
10Watertown Police Station552 Main St.
11Watertown Middle School68 Waverley Ave.
12Watertown Middle School68 Waverley Ave.

Who and What’s on the Ballot

There are not just two, but four choices for President. Along with Republicans Trump and Pence, and Democrats Biden and Harris (as they appear on the ballot), there are also the Libertarian ticket of Jo Jorgensen and Spike Cohen and Green-Rainbow Party candidates Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker.

In the race for Senate, Democrat Edward Markey faces Republican Kevin O’Connor. Congresswoman Katherine Clark, a Democrat, faces Republican Caroline Colarusso.

State Senator Will Brownsberger is running unopposed, as is State Rep. John Lawn (10th Middlesex) and Democratic nominee for the 29th Middlesex seat, Steve Owens (who seeks to succeed Jonathan Hecht).

Watertown’s Marilyn Petitto Devaney is unchallenged for the Democratic nomination for Governor’s Council (appears on the ballot as Councillor). Tara DeCristofaro is the only name on the ballot for Middlesex Register of Probate.

There are also two state-wide ballot questions, and voters in Precincts 1 to 9 (the 29th Middlesex District) have two more questions on the ballot.

Question 1 “would require that motor vehicle owners and independent repair facilities be provided with expanded access to mechanical data related to vehicle maintenance and repair,” according to the wording on the ballot.

In Question 2, voters are asked if they want Massachusetts to use “ranked-choice voting,” in which voters rank one or more candidates by order of preference.

Questions 3 and 4 are aimed at the State Representative for the 29th Middlesex District, which includes about three-quarters of Watertown and part of Cambridge. Question 3 is about renewable energy and Question 4 is about transparency of votes made by State House Legislative committees.

Question 3 reads: Shall the representative for this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would require Massachusetts to achieve 100% renewable energy use within the next two decades, starting immediately and making significant progress within the first five years while protecting impacted workers and business?

Question 4 reads: Shall the representative for this district be instructed to vote in favor of changes to the applicable House of Representative rules to make the results of all the votes in that body’s Legislative committees publicly available on the Legislature’s website?

One thought on “2020 VOTER GUIDE: New Polling Places; Contested Races & Ballot Questions

  1. All four precincts that vote at the middle school (8, 9, 11, and 12) will be in the gym like they were for the September primary. The entrance is on the Bemis St. side of the building.

    We had to rearrange things before the primary to accommodate the extra precincts. For people who voted in September, things will be the same tomorrow as as they were then. Otherwise, the entrance might be on the opposite side of the building than you’ve used previously. Instead of using driveway on Waverly Ave., voters will want to turn onto Bemis St. and then use the parking lot behind the school.

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